In a daycare setting we like to focus on children, activities and fun. Providers try the best they can to hack daily routines and activities in order to save time and boost productivity. In order to achieve this almost manufacturing motions of team work we take advantage of having everything ready ahead of time. Lunch, snacks, activities, water cups, milk cups, bottles are often ready before breakfast. We know that caring for infants and toddlers we will most likely encounter bad days, accidents, sick days and other incidents that will take our time away from sticking to the daily schedule. This is why we came up with 12 things that can become problematic and we wish we never see at daycare. If you think of anything else let me know.


Bracelets, necklaces, rings, etc. All these accessories are chocking hazards, when they break the small pieces are often lost on the floor and then found by younger children. Necklaces have the potential to get tangled on other objects, hair, toys, etc. This can pose as a chocking threat to the child wearing the necklace. No matter how you present it, jewelry should always be banned from childcare.


No electronics? But my child is slow to warm up and needs the ipod, handheld game device, etc. in order to stay at daycare without crying.

Electronics are nothing else but a big distraction. In settings with younger children electronic devices entice the other children causing jealousy and arguments over the electronic device. I have witnessed a device being allowed to ease the transition to a new child care setting. When this happens the child gets so distracted playing with the devices that he/she often misses essential activities conducted throughout the day. Instead of participating in circle time, arts and crafts and general socializing a child will lose themselves in the video game.

When is ok to allow an electronic device?

to ease the transition to a new child care setting for young children

is ok for children in the autism spectrum and especial education schools to have their ipad or ipod. they often need a bifg incentive to cooperate during lessons and new learning activities, spending a few minutes on their electronics work great as an reward.


Gum is not intended for small children. It has no nutritional value and most likely will fall out of their mouth as they try to speak. Chewing gum during class, meetings, while talking to other people is rude. By allowing small children to chew gum while taking them to preschool or daycare you are setting a bad example. Gum is also messy and if the child chewing it decides to stick it to furniture, clothing or peers it becomes a great inconvenience for everyone.


Coins, another chocking hazard. Besides the fact that most preschoolers still put small objects in their mouth and this one in particular can also not only chock them but it can have serious bacteria that can send them to the emergency room. Coins are one of the dirtiest objects we come across with everyday.



Besides security bankets, lovies, and teddies other toys are nothing but a distraction that often causes jealousy among children. Teachers at daycares, and preschools  are often too busy to supervise and care for the new toy, and when this toy ends up broken or missing we encounter disappointed children and parents, for this reason toys should never be allowed.


Flips flops do not protect the toes, are not made for climbing, running, or jumping. Children cannot kick ball while wearing flip flops and when taking trips outdoor they often come off very easily. Shoe companies have been manufacturing smaller flips flops in the recent years, this can let parents to believe that is ok for toddlers to wear them but the truth is that they do not offer the necessary support and protection little feet need in the first years of life.


Baby sneakers and Converse shoes have become very popular lately. Children do not learn to tie their own shoe laces until the age of 5 or 6. If these shoes were made with Velcro daycare providers would not be complaining. When we have over 10 children getting ready to go outside, perform a fire drill or during an actual emergency it is impossible to untie and loosen up the laces or 20 shoes and then try to get those little feet in the shoes and tie them again. The house will burn down before we can get all those shoes on. For this reason please no shoes with laces.


Gloves are banned for the same reason as laces, they are unpractical. Young children do not know how to put them on by themselves and when we have several children to assist on getting ready to go out in the cold, we waste a lot of time just trying to get those little fingers in their gloves. For this reason please send your child to daycare with mittens and not gloves.


There is nothing wrong with overalls, but why we don’t like them?

Well they are impractical to us, they usually open from the top and the bottom. When children go potty they often open the overall from the bottom and also un-clip the straps from the top, after they are finish they have this dissembled overall they can’t put back together without assistant, and when we assist there are far too many claps to put back together. Again this is not laziness, if daycare providers were in charge of a couple of children this will not be an issue but when we are dealing with a large ratio smart teachers and providers look for shortcuts that will allow us to go through daily transitions in the fastest and more convenient way.

Corduroy Pant or Jeans

If these pants were made stretchy to accommodate their young clientele’s oddly shaped bodies and always moving legs we would not have a problem but when these pants, often corduroy and jeans are so tight, thick we have trouble getting them back on after diaper changes and potty trips. They are also very uncomfortable when the small child tries to sit, crawl or climb. We love sweat pants, yoga pants and leggings. Leave the jeans for home.

Expensive Clothes

Expensive clothes or fancy outfits are good for special events or picture day. Daily activities in daycare in which children paint, glue, experiment with different sensory materials, play outside and eat by themselves will contribute greatly for them to get dirty or somehow stain their outfit one way or another. We do not want to see that beautiful dress or dress pants dirty, children should have play clothes assigned for daycare, clotles that are comfortable and resistant to stains and rough play.

Long tight hugs

Don’t get this one wrong. We love hugs and kisses but when you hugs your child like there will be no tomorrow this sends the wrong message. Let’s look at it this way. You have a relative visiting, she traveled from a far away land and it has been years since the last time you saw her. When is time for her to leave and you know it will be years before you see her again that hug at the airport will be at least 3-4 Mississippies. The same with the romantic movies when the young lovers know they might never see each other again, they hug tight and long. This behavior is purely primal, instinctively we try to get as much contact with the person we know we will be missing. Children are very tuned with their basics emotional instincts and when you hug like there is something wrong they know it and they cry. Quick kiss and hug, let them know you will see them later and you have a fun evening plan for them, this works perfect during drop off.


I’ve had the pleasure to witness dozens of young lives grow and evolve in the past 15 years. The more I work with children the greater is my conviction that young lives are the key to our progress and evolution. Early childhood isn’t a glitch in our lives, it isn’t a bare memory that will fade eventually nor is the equivalent of a 5-year rule that life will start over after kindergarten. Early childhood is the time where brand new minds open up to understand this world. Children are hungry, they are born hungry, from the moment they take their first breath and remain hungry for the next 5 years. Our children are hungry for understanding, knowledge, they are hungry to understand social-emotional situations, themselves and others.

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